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How often do you replace your toothbrush? Did you know that you should replace your toothbrush once every six months? But with so many options available, how do you choose the best brush for you? For instance, would an electric toothbrush be better for you than a manual one? Similarly, can you use a manual toothbrush and be fine?

In reality, an electric toothbrushes have a few advantages. For instance, it has been shown that you can remove more plaque and bacteria with an electric brush than a manual one. Similarly, some people find electric toothbrushes easier to use. This makes an electric toothbrush a great for individuals with arthritis or for people who struggle with hand control.

However, please don’t misunderstand: a manual toothbrush is also effective when it comes to cleaning your teeth. They are easier to travel with, especially because they don’t need to charge and don’t require batteries. Of course, manual toothbrushes are also more affordable than a manual brush.

So which type of toothbrush should you use? In reality, if you don’t have gingivitis, your choice may not be as important as you think. However, please remember to avoid brushing too hard or too soft. This can damage your teeth and gums. Fortunately, some electric toothbrushes have a light will activate if you press to hard.

Would you like to learn more about brushing? Do you have more questions on whether or not you should use a manual brush or an electric? Are you interested in learning more about proper brushing technique? If you would like answers to questions like these—or are interested in setting up an appointment with Dr. Glen Lockwood—please give us a call at 907-283-4875. Our entire team at Kenai Dental Clinic is excited to hear from you.